Post Thumbnail

After winning a Best of CES Award last month and then releasing what appears to be everyone's favorite new laptop, Dell is already back in the news: The company today announced not one, but four new products. And they run the gamut too, including a Chromebook, a Windows laptop and a tablet that ru...

February 12th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Losing a gadget sucks, but having to change all your passwords to make sure no thief gets to your bank accounts is much worse for some people. That's why it's awesome that Chrome OS devices can now be locked when stolen or lost -- if they're Enterprise/Business or Education computers, that is. Goo...

February 6th 2015 at 12:05am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Chromebooks are a big deal for schools because they're cheap and relatively easy to lock down. However, not just any Chromebook will do -- ideally, you want a laptop that can survive bumps and drops from less-than-careful students. Acer thinks it can handle that unforgiving audience, so it's launc...

January 21st 2015 at 4:00am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Which device can't you access your Chromebook from? Until now, the answer was any other kind of PC, but even that's not true anymore. Sure, your Windows laptop or MacBook might be capable of more than a cheap Chromebook, but now, as long you've got Chrome installed on it, you can access anything y...

January 16th 2015 at 12:30am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

If you've been aching to try a different operating system on your Chromebook without running it in a window or otherwise jumping through hoops, you're going to get some relief very shortly. Google's Chrome OS team is adding support for an easy debugging switch that lets you tinker with the system...

January 12th 2015 at 8:18pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

I initially wasn't going to bother writing a longer piece about Acer's new 15-inch Chromebook. I figured the last thing you wanted from me during the busiest week in tech news were hands-on photos of yet another laptop, especially when we already review so many same-y Chrome OS devices. Then it oc...

January 8th 2015 at 6:21pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

While most potential Chromebook buyers are probably looking something small and cheap, Acer's targeting a slightly different customer with its latest entry. Its new Chromebook 15 is the first laptop running Google's browser-focused OS with a 15.6-inch screen. It's still relatively inexpensive, sta...

January 3rd 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

You can already run a conventional operating system like Linux on your Chromebook if you're the determined sort, but it's not really convenient... not unless you like hopping between virtual terminals, anyway. However, there's now a relatively simple way to juggle between Chrome OS and Linux. If y...

December 30th 2014 at 11:57pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

If you're after a Chromebook with premium specs, HP quietly released a touch-friendly model that might just do the trick. The Chromebook 14 Touch touts a 14-inch FHD WLED backlit touchscreen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution -- up from the 1,366 x 768 tally on the existing machine. Even after doubli...

December 22nd 2014 at 6:43pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Google is ready to up the level of Chromebook voice control, judging by a new, experimental release. According to François Beaufort, you can now say "OK, Google" to activate voice search on your Chrome OS notebook anytime the screen is on and unlocked. That always-on functionality has been...

December 20th 2014 at 11:33am 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Seven years ago, netbooks were all the rage with consumers, providing a cheap and easy way to get online and carry out other basic computing tasks. They died out as cellphones and tablets became popular, with some companies even forecasting the death of the laptop entirely. But it turns out that p...

December 18th 2014 at 2:31pm 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

I've been spending a lot of time with Chromebooks. About one a month for the last six months, if my math is correct. Lately, though, I've found myself in the somewhat unusual situation of testing two models at once. Two very different models, I should add. On the one hand, we have the Toshiba Chro...

December 15th 2014 at 4:05pm 0 Comments